Everyone wants to live a happier, healthier and simpler lifestyle. I'm a longtime minimalist, a longtime vegan, and a lover of all things simple, but there are many steps I've taken over the years to get to where I am today.
I'm not going to reinvent the wheel, I'm just going to tell you the top ways that have helped me live a simpler and healthier lifestyle and also going give you some of my favorite inspirational websites and books for you to get more information.
The more you know.
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1. spend time in nature
Spend more time in nature, enjoying the scenery and breathing fresh air. Studies have shown eco-therapy improves your mental health and happiness. Humans are happier and healthier walking outside, and not being confined in little boxes.
2. be mindful
Learn to live in the now and be happy. To be fully present in the current moment and not worry about the past or the future. You can train your brain to not go into autopilot mode so often that you can be fully aware and appreciate life.
Simplify your life and embrace minimalism. Declutter, downsize, and decompress. Only own what you need so you can focus on what you love. "Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify." Henry David Thoreau
4. get a tiny wardrobe
You don't need as many clothes as you think you do. I travel full-time, carry-on only, with only 40 things and it all weighs less than 11 pounds. I started with project 333 and then just continued to downsize my wardrobe into just the basics. Owning and traveling with less makes you feel lighter, less cluttered, and makes travel way easier.
5. go plastic-free
Plastic is the devil and it's ruining the planet. It's made from non-renewable fossil fuels, it's full of harmful toxins and chemicals that disrupt your body's hormones, it's polluting the oceans and killing sea life, and it doesn't degrade! You, too, can eliminate plastic from your life plus take easy steps to travel as plastic-free as possible.
6. go chemical-free
Toxic chemicals like chemical dyes, dioxin and formaldehyde can cause skin, immune and respiratory problems. Wear organic clothing. You can easily make all your own natural and non-toxic cleaning and personal care products and it's fun.
7. aim for zero-waste
Humans generate an extraordinary amount of waste that goes to landfills, creates green house gases, pollutes our oceans, and destroys the planet. Aim for zero waste, whether at home or during travel. Avoid disposables. Reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle, and compost.
8. go tiny
Declutter, organize, and downsize your stuff and your life into a simpler space. Living tiny lets you focus on what matters. You can apply these principles to your life anywhere or you can build a tiny house with your own hands and live anywhere you want, mortgage free!
9. do digital detoxes
Our addiction to our digital devices is detrimental to our health, everything from our eyesight to our memory to our waistlines. Clear your desktop. Reduce your apps. Take regular breaks away from the internet and all your electronic devices. Make time to disconnect and detox.
10. eat raw foods
Get healthier by eating more whole, uncooked and unprocessed foods, full of nutrients. Cooking destroys the enzymes in food and can also cause chemical changes that can turn into toxins, free radicals, and carcinogens. Check out some delicious chef-created raw cuisine or use these apps to find or make your own.
11. go vegan
Making the choice to go vegan is the ultimate healthiest thing you can do for your body, for the animals, and for the earth. Eat a plant-based diet, don't use animals as products, experiments, or entertainment. They are our fellow earthlings. And they need our help. So does the planet.
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